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Subject: Re: After a fishery is rebuilt...
From: "Andrew J. Applegate" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 1 May 2006 10:30:56 -0400
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Mike,

Sorry I haven't followed all of the message thread, but I can clarify
this point.

The number of active full-time scallop dredges declined from 1994 to
about 1998 and then began increasing.  The total number of permits has
remained constant.  The number of active full-time scallop vessels is
now at the same number as were active in 1995.

Through a provision the Council approved in Amendment 4 (1994) to
discourage use of scallop trawls (because of poor size selectivity),
quite a few scallop trawl part-time and occasional permits have been
coverted to a full-time or part-time small dredge (one 10' dredge)
permit.

In the access areas where catch rates are high, these vessels with these
converted permits act almost like a regular scallop dredge permit,
except they take a little longer to shuck the scallops, because they
have a five person crew.  When catch rates are lower and not
crew-limited, the vessels catch roughly 1/3rd of the catch from a vessel
with a regular scallop dredge permit that often use two 15' dredges.

As a measure to improve vessel safety, the Council approved elimination
of the crew limit on access area trips in Framework 18.  It remains to
be seen how the vessels will respond to having no crew limit on access
area trips.  It will of course remove one difference (five vs. seven
person limit) between regular dredge permits and upgraded small dredge
permits.

Andy Applegate
NEFMC



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Trevor,

Before I made my last post I took a cursory look on the NEFMC website
for 
Framework 18 to the Scallop FMP.  I noticed in Appendix I: "Economic and

Social Trends in the Sea Scallop Fishery", in Table 12: "Scallop Vessel 
characteristics 1994-2004 by Permit Category", that the number of full
time 
dredges were relatively constant.  So this didn't jive with what I have 
heard from others.

Thank you for all of your clarifications, Trevor.

And thank you Fish-Sci for your patience.

Best,
Mike Flaherty
Wareham, Ma 

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